England's 1996 soccer anthem back on charts

LONDON • "It's coming home, it's coming home" - England's 1996 soccer anthem is making its way back up the music charts this week as fans fantasise about World Cup victory in Russia.

The song Three Lions by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and band The Lightning Seeds was originally written for the Euro 1996 tournament, which England hosted but dropped out in the semi-finals after a penalty shootout against Germany. The title of the song is a reference to the emblem of England's national football team. The original song was the leading track in The Beautiful Game, the official album of Euro 1996 featuring songs by bands such as Massive Attack, New Order and Blur.

The song began with "It's coming home/It's coming home/It's coming/Football's coming home" and mentioned former England players Bobby Moore, Gary Lineker, Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles in the lyrics later.

Since it first topped the charts 22 years ago, the song become the soundtrack for England fans at a string of international tournaments, including this year's World Cup. When England beat Colombia last Tuesday to pass through to the quarter-finals, fans belted the chorus line in pubs, buses and streets across the country. That same day, the track streamed more than 450,000 times on Spotify, reaching an all-time high, according to the music streaming service.

It broke back into the Top 40 Official Singles Chart last Friday just before England beat Sweden 2-0 last Saturday to reach their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'England's 1996 soccer anthem back on charts'. Print Edition | Subscribe